"The thistle is a prickly flower, aye, but how it is sweetly worn."

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year? Thank goodness!


2010 was the hardest year of my life.  2011 found me putting all these war torn pieces back together.  I don't know what 2012 has in store, but compared to the last 2 years of my life, it has to basically rock.

Things that rocked about 2011:
* I broke free from a lot of hurt/guilt/past that has held me back for years.  I cannot describe to you the power that comes from realizing that God really can satisfy all your emotional needs.  But he can.  This year I've come to know God intimately as Healer and Lover of My Soul.  Being able to say that is so huge for me, because for the longest time I've depended on other peoples opinions to satisfy me, especially significant others opinions.  Now, I really just care about God's opinion.  While relationships are great and I am in no way saying I don't want a relationship, I do know I don't need one.  I am content whether single or married.
* And I am free from the mind warp that came from past relationships.  Now, I can be chewed out by my ex, but it doesn't affect how I think about myself.  I have been emotionally and mentally healed by God.  I can tell the truths from lies.  I'm not saying that when I get text after text it doesn't bother me or that the voice of lies doesn't threaten to come up and say I'm not worth it.  It does, but Satan's voice isn't very loud anymore.  And it takes one scripture quote to shut him up.  hallelujah!
* I have really found my way back to myself.  I've always been something of a free spirit.  I like to live in the moment, as much as is possible as a responsible adult anyway.  I am seeing beauty in each moment again.  It's so amazing.
* 2 year olds rock.  Jude turning 2 has been such a blessing and huge huge joy!
* I am teaching 2nd grade again!  Love that grade!  With a pretty rockin team!
* My sister moved to Dallas!
* I went to a Texas Tech football game!
* I have enjoyed VICs with my lovely Lee crew!
* I have enjoyed Fusion stuff with my DBC crew!

Overall despite the pain, 2011 left me in a good spot, and I am looking forward to seeing where 2012 takes me.  But if it takes me nowhere, that's ok too.  Because whether I stay or whether I go, I know God's got me there for a reason.


My goals this year:

* continue eating as many raw foods as possible.  This has really done wonders for my energy level and my psyche.  I am honestly a happier, more relaxed person.  It's so much easier to choose joy when you've eaten healthy.  I'm not kidding.  Raw food is equal to zoloft in my opinion.
* continue to purge my house of 'bad' products.  Meaning I'm giving up a whole lot of shopping to buy real, organic food, and also to buy all soaps and cleaners that are environmentally friendly.  Specifically, no sulfates.
* Recycling and reusing- I am going to be better about taking my reusable grocery bags!  I am terrible about forgetting them in.my.car!  I'm also going to be taking more recycling to my school.  Aubrey doesn't have city recycling (boo).  But I can take it to school which is awesome because a) I am recylcying and b) it helps my school get money.  Also, I am working on using very few ziploc bags.  Did you know there are 20 million ziploc baggies thrown away daily!!!  You can buy reusable bags at the container store that are bpa free (ziploc is not) and you can reuse them easily.  Plus, they are cute.
* Choosing joy, living in the moment, and being better about letting the free spirit side of me that likes to dance like no ones watching out.  Because life is short, and why not?

3 comments:

Martha said...

Such beautiful and encouraging words! I am thrilled to hear you are doing so well and getting into the health/environment movement :) Best of luck, lots of prayers and stay in touch!

Erica said...

hi!! i am so happy that our paths have crossed through the blog world :) i love your hippie style ! there's nothing like wearing a great head wrap to make everything better :)
xoxo
erica

Ashley and Jude said...

Agreed! I was excited to stumble upon you too!